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While Gordon Brown was burbling on in the Commons yesterday about the constitution, and in his usual fashion taking no responsibility whatsoever for the mess he helped cause, a fascinating report was being discussed elsewhere. The Future of England Survey was produced by constitutional specialists and is based on in-depth polling on attitudes. It is [...]
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So, the other day, a Kurdish student attempted to get the National Union of Students to pass a motion condemning the “Islamic State”. It’s a pretty uncontroversial motion; after all, what Isil are doing on a day to day basis – the murders, the rapes, the imposition of slavery – is absolutely monstrous. Yet, the [...]
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Today’s PMQs should have been relatively straightforward for David Cameron. He arrived boosted by more good news on the unemployment front and his own side is greatly enjoying the difficulty in which Ed Miliband finds himself. Everything that can go wrong for the Labour leader seems to be going wrong. In tabloid land he was [...]
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Do you remember the Squeezed Middle? In 2011 it was the Oxford English Dictionary’s “Word of the Year”. It was held up as an example of how Ed Miliband was setting the agenda in highlighting the recession’s grinding impact on middle-income families. Actually, it wasn’t his phrase, but something he’d appropriated from the then shadow [...]
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There’s something very strange about Britain’s economic recovery. To put it simply, we’ve got amazing unemployment figures (today’s only confirm the trend) but pitiful income tax receipts. Or, to put it another way: there’s loads of jobs, but not much wealth. I’ve tried to explain why in a piece in today’s Telegraph, which explores one [...]
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No one won the 2010 general election. The Conservatives did not win because they did not get enough votes.  They did not get enough votes because too many people voted for other parties, especially the Labour Party.   The Labour Party did not win either.   The numbers: the Conservatives got 10.7 million votes, 36.1 per cent.  [...]
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George Osborne’s pension reforms take another step forward today with the publication of the Taxation of Pensions Bill. It proposals are proving remarkably popular so far. The changes will allow people with private pensions to draw down and spend that money freely without tax penalties. Mr Osborne has very successfully depicted this policy as a [...]
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The British Foreign Office used to be noted for the depth of its understanding of the Arab world. It consistently produced noted Arabists who really understood and above all loved the peoples of the Middle East.  There are a few echoes of this tradition today, including the British Ambassador in Riyadh, Sir John Jenkins who [...]
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On the anniversary of the battle of Hastings, our history blogger gives an account of the battle, and puts it into a wider context of medieval Nordic wars …  As we wait for the next series of Game of Thrones, I cannot help but think I have seen it all before ­— dynastic families so [...]
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You might think it would be hard to find opposition to fracking in the city of Denton. Not only is it in Texas, the oil and gas capital in the United States – but it lies in the very crucible of the shale gas industry itself. It was close by, in Newark, that George P. [...]
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